|Publication number||US7731408 B2|
|Application number||US 11/830,383|
|Publication date||Jun 8, 2010|
|Filing date||Jul 30, 2007|
|Priority date||Jul 30, 2007|
|Also published as||CN101368721A, CN101368721B, US20090034044|
|Publication number||11830383, 830383, US 7731408 B2, US 7731408B2, US-B2-7731408, US7731408 B2, US7731408B2|
|Inventors||Thomas H. Szolyga, Ashwin V. Lodhia, Mark C. Solomon|
|Original Assignee||Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Classifications (13), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
For at least some electronic systems (e.g., gaming computers), the “look and feel” of the system is important to the customer.
For a detailed description of exemplary embodiments of the invention, reference will now be made to the accompanying drawings in which:
Certain terms are used throughout the following description and claims to refer to particular system components. As one skilled in the art will appreciate, computer companies may refer to a component by different names. This document does not intend to distinguish between components that differ in name but not function. In the following discussion and in the claims, the terms “including” and “comprising” are used in an open-ended fashion, and thus should be interpreted to mean “including, but not limited to . . . . ” Also, the term “couple” or “couples” is intended to mean either an indirect, direct, optical or wireless electrical connection. Thus, if a first device couples to a second device, that connection may be through a direct electrical connection, through an indirect electrical connection via other devices and connections, through an optical electrical connection, or through a wireless electrical connection.
In accordance with various embodiments, the “look and feel” of an electronic system is increased by the use of light source that emits light through a template thereby creating a light pattern on a base of the system.
In various embodiments, the removable template 34 comprises one or more holes through which light from the light source can shine.
In various embodiments, the light source comprises a light emitting diode (LED). In other embodiments, the light source 30 comprises an electroluminescent strip. In various embodiments, the light source may comprise white light or any of a variety of colors of light. As desired, a light diffuser can be included to be disposed between the light source 30 and template 34 to create a evenly distributed light density through the template 34. The use of such a diffuser may help to alleviate the center portion of the light pattern on the base 20 from being significantly brighter than the peripheral edges of the light pattern, thereby creating a more uniform light pattern on the base 20.
The above discussion is meant to be illustrative of the principles and various embodiments of the present invention. Numerous variations and modifications will become apparent to those skilled in the art once the above disclosure is fully appreciated. It is intended that the following claims be interpreted to embrace all such variations and modifications.
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|U.S. Classification||362/612, 362/632, 362/800, 362/602|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S362/80, G06F1/181, F21W2121/00, F21V33/008, F21V11/14|
|European Classification||G06F1/18E, F21V11/14, F21V33/00E|
|Oct 16, 2007||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P., TEXAS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:SZOLYGA, THOMAS H.;LODHIA, ASHWIN V.;SOLOMON, MARK C.;REEL/FRAME:019971/0731;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070725 TO 20070727
Owner name: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.,TEXAS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:SZOLYGA, THOMAS H.;LODHIA, ASHWIN V.;SOLOMON, MARK C.;SIGNING DATES FROM 20070725 TO 20070727;REEL/FRAME:019971/0731
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